The Office of Disability Services collaborates with the institution’s diverse community to ensure that all aspects of campus life — learning, working and living — are inclusive and accessible. The office provides the institution with resources, education, and direct services so that people with disabilities may have a greater opportunity to achieve their goals as independent and resilient learners.
It is the policy of Vermont State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and any other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. The university is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities so that no such student shall, by reason of disability, be excluded from participating in or be denied the benefits of services programs or activities at the university.
Accepted students who have paid their admissions deposit and who plan to request accommodations and services because of a disability should follow these procedures:
1) Provide current and relevant documentation verifying your disability.
Documentation may include educational or medical records, reports and assessments created by health care providers, school psychologists, teachers, or the educational system. This information is inclusive of documents that reflect education and accommodation history, such as an IEP, Summary of Performance (SOP), and teacher observations. IEP’s and 504 plans are not applicable in the postsecondary context but, if provided, they must show the current impact of the condition and identify a connection between the disability and the accommodation(s) requested. Documentation will vary in its relevance and value, depending on the original context, credentials of the evaluator, the level of detail provided, and the comprehensiveness of the narrative. Additional documentation may be requested.
At a minimum, the following information should be included:
- Diagnostic Statement identifying the disability
- A description of the diagnostic methodology used
- Date of diagnosis
- Name and qualifications of the evaluator
- Description of the current functional limitations
- Recommendations for accommodations/services
2) Meet with Disability Services.
Students should schedule a meeting with Disability Services to go over the documentation, discuss the requested accommodations, and secure approval for appropriate accommodations. Students must request accommodations from Disability Services each semester to receive updated accommodations.
For non-academic accommodation requests, such as requests relating to housing, the Coordinator of Disability Services may seek input from the Dean of Students, the Dean’s designee, or other personnel, as appropriate.
Castleton and Killington
Director of Disability Services
Vermont State University, Castleton
87 University Drive
Castleton, VT 05735
Randolph, Williston, Dental Hygiene Online, Nurse Re-entry, ADN, PN, and Online BSN Programs
Interim Director Center for Academic Success and Coordinator of Disability Services
124 Admin Drive
Randolph Center, VT 05061
Director of Academic Support and Disability Services
Vermont State University, Lyndon
1001 College Road
Lyndonville, VT 05851
Johnson and Online Students
Pamela Billings, M.A., CCC-SLP
Coordinator of Disability Services
Vermont State University, Johnson
337 College Hill Road
Johnson, VT 05656